The SBIR and STTR programs are congressionally-mandated set-aside programs for U.S. small businesses to engage in R&D that has a strong potential for commercialization.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
The NIH SBIR program funds early stage small businesses that are seeking to commercialize innovative biomedical technologies. This competitive program helps small businesses participate in federal research and development, develop life-saving technologies, and create jobs.
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
The NIH STTR program is similar to the NIH SBIR program, but requires that the small business formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.